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The Hand (1981)

A comic book artist loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Marc Brandel (novel), Oliver Stone (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Jonathan Lansdale
Andrea Marcovicci ... Anne Lansdale
Annie McEnroe ... Stella Roche
Bruce McGill ... Brian Ferguson
Viveca Lindfors ... Doctress
Rosemary Murphy ... Karen Wagner
Mara Hobel Mara Hobel ... Lizzie Lansdale
Pat Corley ... Sheriff
Nicholas Hormann ... Bill Richamn
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Doctor (as Ed Marshall)
Charles Fleischer ... David Maddow
John Stinson John Stinson ... Therapist
Richard Altman Richard Altman ... Hammond
Sparky Watt ... Sergeant
Tracey Walter ... Cop
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Storyline

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nothing Will Prepare You For THE HAND. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hand See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$566,736, 26 April 1981

Gross USA:

$2,447,576

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,447,576
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of four consecutive movies in the suspense-thriller genre for Sir Michael Caine, whose previous two movies had been The Island (1980) and Dressed to Kill (1980). The fourth being Deathtrap (1982). See more »

Goofs

The Christmas carol "Deck The Halls" is heard on the soundtrack but the skipping record shown on the turntable is 'Fight Dirty' by the British pop band Charlie. See more »

Quotes

Anne Lansdale: You mean you actually opened my mail and read this letter?
Jonathan Lansdale: Oh yes, my dearest darling spirit! Sounds like a pile of shit if you ask me.
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Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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One of the most pointless movies I've ever seen
3 February 2019 | by davidmalaimoSee all my reviews

This movie does not have all the makings of a terrible movie. The directing seems fairly decent, the acting is great. But boy this movie is devoid of any real point. The whole time you watch this movie you just wonder why the hell you are watching it. You remember why you started watching it (early Oliver Stone written/directed horror film about a comic book writer who's hand comes alive and kills people), but despite the fact that that group of words seem like they could equal anything that could do any wrong, it sure does not deliver. I think my first complaint is Michael caine as the comic book writer. It just doesn't make any sense. You see his character draw comics, but he leads a life of the bourgeois. He is the very last person I would ever cast in this role. Like, the complete last. You could have altered the script to make him an "arteest", painting some post modern whatever's and what nots and it would of worked. It would have felt like it had a point! But as a comic book writer, uh-uh. This movie definitely should have been a schlocky slice and dice em, maybe with a sort of tongue and cheak, in your face style similar to Natural Born Killers. Instead you get a wannabe sophisticated slow masterpiece theatre type horror film, with unbelievable pointless B and C stories, with great acting that doesn't make any sense, directed by someone who would prove to be a genius just 5 years later.

If the premise to this movie seems awesome, and you are looking for something similar that is actually pretty dope(if you're into super B movie type stuff), check out Cellar Dweller directedby John Carl Buechler, the amazing special effects artist; written but don Mancini (childs play), and produced by Charles Band(the doll obsessed puppet master). That movie has a lot of cool comic art mixed with some great horror, I believe the monster in his comics comes alive and kills people. Again, B movie gold.

There's also a great Tales From the crypt episode that delivers a similar vibe. Anyways, I really would say don't watch this, even if you're a completist of horror. Maybe if you're a Stone completist it might be worth it, but it really made me question my place in this pointless, meaningless world.


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